One Little Word 2018

Happy New Year! Last year, instead of making a list of resolutions, I decided to choose one word to direct my year and goals. My one little word for last year was DISCIPLINE, and I don’t feel like I did a very good job of being intentional and focusing on the word and what it meant like I should. While I feel that I fell short in instilling discipline in all areas of my life, and could probably use another year (or five) focusing on that one area of my life, I felt like I needed a new word that matched up with my goals and attitude for this new year.

Before choosing my word, I made a list of my goals:

  • Cook more healthy meals and eat out less
  • Save money
  • Spend less time on social media/my phone
  • Spend more quality time with family and friends
  • Read more books
  • Be more intentional with my time

As I thought about each of those goals, I kept coming back to one word – SAVOR.

To me, the word savor means “to enjoy something completely.” That is exactly what I want to do this year – I want to enjoy every moment completely. My goals for the year are focused on slowing down and being intentional about how I spend my time. I want to truly be present in each moment and enjoy all the good things that God is blessing me with during this season of my life. I think the word savor fits my goals and attitude perfectly.

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Once I chose my word, I looked for a Bible verse to kind of be my guiding verse for the year. There really aren’t a lot of verses that contain the word savor, but I chose Psalm 34:1 and 8 to compliment my word for the year: “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth…O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (King James Version)

One thing that I am especially excited about is that I found this great little daily devotional book titled Savor by Shauna Niequist that I am going to be using this year. I’m really excited to have found this great resource to compliment my goals and my one little word!

Do you choose a word to help direct your year? If so, what word did you choose this year? Let me know in the comments!

Discipline – My One Little Word for 2017

About a week ago, I wrote a post about how I chose my one little word for this year. It was a hard decision to make, but I think I am going to be happy with the word I picked.

A few days ago, my grandmother sent me this quote:

“Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is the kind of order that sets me free to fly.” – Julie Andrews

I love that quote, and I think it perfectly encompasses the meaning of discipline that I want to capture in my daily life this year. (Plus, who doesn’t want to be more like Julie Andrews?) As much as I think I want to just do whatever whenever, I need structure and discipline in my life so that I can get the most out of each day. Trust me, this winter break from work has proven that I can waste a day on the couch with Netflix, and while sometimes that relaxation and rest is necessary, that’s no way to actually live on a daily basis.

I chose the word discipline because I want some order and structure in my days so that the little things are all taken care of. That way, when an opportunity presents itself, I can confidently say “Yes!” if is is something I want to do, because I know that all the other stuff is handled.

This month, I am starting by being more disciplined in my work life. My ultimate goal is to not have to bring papers home to grade. I want to be productive and efficient when I am at work so that when I am home, I can focus on my family and what really matters instead of dreading my 10 pound teacher-bag that’s constantly staring at me from the corner. This means I’m going to have to change some of my work habits, learn how to work smarter and not harder, and figure out what I can just let go (because, honestly, sometimes I just try to do way too much).

I’m excited to get back into a routine and start actually working on putting my one little word into practice in my life.

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What word did you choose for this year and how are you planning to implement it into your daily life? I’d love to hear  your feedback in the comments!